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Kaleidoscope of Russian Life: Ice town in Omsk and the "Music of Ice"

A girl smiles as she is helped to get into the ice-cold water of the Ob River after it was blessed by an Orthodox priest on Epiphany Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in Ordynka village near Novosibirsk about 2800 kilometers (1,750 miles) east of Moscow.
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A girl smiles as she is helped to get into the ice-cold water of the Ob River after it was blessed by an Orthodox priest on Epiphany Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in Ordynka village near Novosibirsk about 2800 kilometers (1,750 miles) east of Moscow.
Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia perform during the gala event of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Budapest.

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Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia perform during the gala event of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Budapest.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) holds a weapon during his visit to an arms factory in Tula.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) holds a weapon during his visit to an arms factory in Tula.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L-R), U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov join hands after their tri-lateral meeting in Montreux, Switzerland.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L-R), U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov join hands after their tri-lateral meeting in Montreux, Switzerland.
Russian Cossacks Vitaly Timoshenko (R), 19, and Vyacheslav Timoshenko, 13, juggle swords in the town of Krasny Oktyabr, on the outskirts of the southern Russian city of Volgograd, January 5, 2014. According to local media, over 400 Cossacks arrived at Sochi on January 9 to provide security for athletes, foreign delegations and tourists, following the two recent suicide bomb attacks in Volgograd.

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Russian Cossacks Vitaly Timoshenko (R), 19, and Vyacheslav Timoshenko, 13, juggle swords in the town of Krasny Oktyabr, on the outskirts of the southern Russian city of Volgograd, January 5, 2014. According to local media, over 400 Cossacks arrived at Sochi on January 9 to provide security for athletes, foreign delegations and tourists, following the two recent suicide bomb attacks in Volgograd.
A woman walks under an umbrella in the rain through Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the General Staff Headquarters in the background.

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A woman walks under an umbrella in the rain through Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the General Staff Headquarters in the background.
Ice town in Omsk.

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Ice town in Omsk.
Youth riders learn to ride horses during the sunset outside the major Russian Siberian city of Novosibirsk about 2,800 kilometers (1,750 miles) east of Moscow.

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Youth riders learn to ride horses during the sunset outside the major Russian Siberian city of Novosibirsk about 2,800 kilometers (1,750 miles) east of Moscow.
Little girls listen to a trainer during a modeling class in Moscow.

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Little girls listen to a trainer during a modeling class in Moscow.
A child during a hippotherapy session at the Akron equestrian club in the Novgorod Region.

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A child during a hippotherapy session at the Akron equestrian club in the Novgorod Region.
A visitor wandering in the Illusion mirror maze in Vladivostok.

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A visitor wandering in the Illusion mirror maze in Vladivostok.
Children play on a snow-covered hill at Patriarch's Ponds in Moscow, Russia after a snowfall. The temperature in Moscow was -11 degrees Celsius (12.2 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Children play on a snow-covered hill at Patriarch's Ponds in Moscow, Russia after a snowfall. The temperature in Moscow was -11 degrees Celsius (12.2 degrees Fahrenheit).
Members of the "Music of Ice" joint U.S.-Russian team, Andy Gertler from New York (L) and Sergei Selebrovsky from the town of Zhukovsky, finish working on an ice sculpture named "The Conquest of the Siberia" during the 2nd International festival of snow and ice sculpture called "The Magical Ice of the Siberia" on the bank of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk.

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Members of the "Music of Ice" joint U.S.-Russian team, Andy Gertler from New York (L) and Sergei Selebrovsky from the town of Zhukovsky, finish working on an ice sculpture named "The Conquest of the Siberia" during the 2nd International festival of snow and ice sculpture called "The Magical Ice of the Siberia" on the bank of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk.
January 25, 2014
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